As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, Corbin Painting is no stranger to the rain. Around here, rain is almost always a possibility. So if you’re planning a residential housing painting job in the rainy PNW, a question you might be asking: is it ok to paint in the rain?
I mean, Clark County has so many different kinds of rain- pouring, drizzling, sprinkling, dewey- and some days it will rain and then be clear as can be, not a cloud in the sky. So how can you know? If you’re starting early in the year or pushing the painting season past summer, you’re taking a gamble- like planning a spring wedding and hoping it won’t rain.
Here are some things to consider and tips to help you if you’re hoping to start your paint job in early spring or late fall:
WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE?
Paint likes to dry within a certain temperature range. The specific range of your paint should be listed on the label. Some paints can cure as low as 35 degrees- but it typically should be at least 40-45 degrees the entire time the paint is curing. If you think the temperature will drop overnight- hold off a few days until you’ve got a more favorable forecast.
IS THE SURFACE WET?
When you’re deciding on whether or not to paint when the weather is damp- check the surface you’re about to paint. Depending on what your home is made of, it might appear to be dry, when in fact, the surface could be holding water.
If you see any drops of water on the surface you plan on painting- hold off and wait for a completely dry surface.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THE SURFACE WAS WET?
In general, the exterior of your home needs 8 to 24 hours in temps above 40-45 degrees to fully dry. When painting in spring and fall be sure to consider the overnight lows and rainfall- often we forget paint is still drying overnight.
Take care to check shaded parts of your home, as well as trim and any cracks. These spots could dry slower and might take more drying time.
HOW LONG WILL THE PAINT HAVE TO DRY?
When you’re planning a spring or fall paint job the weather is tricky- two days of beaming sun followed by 36 hours of overcast drizzle. So here’s what you need to know.
Depending on the surface of your home, the paint will need at least 8 hours of temperatures above 45 degrees and no moisture to completely dry.
Painting the exterior of your home is no small task. Many homeowners plan to DIY their exterior paint job, only to find it to be more time consuming and expensive than they anticipated.
Local experienced professionals, like Corbin Painting, are expert painters in this PNW weather- they will come to your home and give you a fair estimate for the job. Corbin does more than exterior painting: new construction, paint removal, and interior painting are all services Corbin offers. Corbin is a local professional painter who takes pride in serving the people of Clark County.